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Session 2: Sunday Oct 14th: Nairn East Beach

Building on the previous session in Kinmylies, but in a forest setting, we will be focusing on route choice exercises. For all those training to at or are already at yellow to black standard. Apologies this is on the first weekend of school holidays - this is due to availability of gaps in the fixture list combined with coach availability.

Time: All training groups meet at 10.45am for an 11am start.   

What to bring: Usual O stuff plus the TD2 & TD5 groups need a pen (ideally that can be pinned to the top) and the TD5 group need a stopwatch

Safety:  There are lots of ticks in the forest.  Relevant to the TD4 & TD5 groups.  There is some undergrowth on the TD5 course and orienteering gaiters are recommended if you have sensitive shins.

Directions: Parking in the East Beach car park through the Lochloy caravan site.  Follow directions to the Lochloy caravan park, then drive all the way through it and park at the other end.  Google maps.

Toilets: There are toilets in the car park

Costs:  £2 

Coaches: For training groups led by coaches: Colin Simpson (TD2) & Jacquie Laird TD3 (INVOC Talons Training Squad), Suzanne Robins-Bird (TD4)  & James Laird (TD5) (INVOC Junior Development Squad and seniors).

To register: Sign up via the Google form here [by Friday 12th Oct]

Contact: Suzanne Robins-Bird: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

   INVOC Coaching and Training Series 

The autumn series will begin after the summer holidays.  There will be three sessions, with a general theme/focus of route choice.  The sessions will be suitable for yellow to black standard orienteers - subject to coach availability.

  • Session 1: Saturday 25th August: Kinmylies 
  • Session 2: Sunday Oct 14th: Nairn East Beach
  • Session 3: Sunday Nov 18th: venue to be confirmed

Juniors- Join in with the INVOC Talon Training Squad at each of these sessions (up to TD3).  Sessions include route choice and Relocation. Requests for coaching themes always welcome.

North Area squad training

In addition there will be combined training for the North Area junior squad on 21st October - venue tbc but one of the MOR areas.


Coaches' Tips

For those of you who need to brush up on your control description symbols, they are all here


If you want  an idea of what techniques you need to be mastering next, have a look at the BOF step system chart here

New Coaches

We always have room for more coaches. If you love orienteering, working with youngsters/adult beginners and want to pass your skills onto others, you're the person we are looking for.

The current system for qualifying as a coach involves attending a one day Coaching Foundation Course followed by a 2 day residential course at Glenmore Lodge to take you to UKCC Level 1. This would then qualify you to coach up to TD3 with certain restrictions. Funding is normally available to cover the cost of courses.

Further details and dates are on the SOA website

Suzanne would be happy to answer any queries you may have about the process - just email coaching"at"

Junior Badges and Incentives

Star Awards

We are intending to implement a new * Star * Award system shortly which will enable juniors to keep track of their own progression through learning the different skills and help coaches to fill in any gaps. Folders and record sheets will be given out at Abriachan.

Juniors! Collect event badges for attendance at events. Badges are awarded after attending 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100 events. Download your event record sheets here, or contact the coaching team - coaching"at"

Record sheet - events 1 to 10

Record sheet - events 11 to 25

Record sheet - events 26 to 40

Record sheet - events 41 to 50